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E’bound Main Span Steel, all Stay Cables in Place

Earlier this week, crews set the last section of main span steel on the eastbound span. Photos courtesy of New York State Thruway Authority.

You want numbers? Here they are:

The section was 24 feet long, adding to the more than 74 million pounds of all-American-made steel and concrete across the 2,230-foot cable-stayed part of the bridge. In case you were wondering, all 192 stay cables are now installed.

One more month, and bye-bye Tappan Zee Bridge drive. Eastbound traffic joins westbound traffic on the newly-opened span so the TZB’s landings can be demolished, and the eastbound span can be connected . . . because car-jumping from approach span to land is prohibited.

I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2017

Bridge Progress and Four Years in Two Minutes

Blue jump forms will help build the main span’s 419-foot towers./Photo: NYSTA

Taking a look back two years ago when the main span towers were beginning. Here are the past four years in two minutes courtesy of the project team.

I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2017

You say One Month, & They say a Different One

Winding down to the finish line yet still behind schedule for the first span to open. Maybe no one really knows as there’s still much work to be done before rubber meets roadway on the new Governor Mario M. Cuomo Bridge.

Weather may be a factor in the delay; however, a nearly-six-month delay is a bit much. “If the Thruway Authority doesn’t have the keys to the new bridge by March or April of 2018, then the contractor will be charged $100,000 per day for each day beyond that,” one source said in 2014. That’s the 62-month mark.

With eight or nine months until next spring, it seems unlikely both spans will open by then. “The bridge will open sometime in 2018,” other reporters and I hear and continue writing. No one is sure when.

You may be able to see some of the new westbound span’s lighting fixtures; not so easy with the upper main span tower’s aesthetic lighting fixtures. Periodic testing is on the way.

There’s also progress at the new maintenance facility in Tarrytown this week and footing and retaining wall construction — that includes galvanized steel sheets — for the new police facility on the south side of the Thruway.

About three-quarters of the eastbound span’s 96 stay cables have been installed, and yes! the eastbound span now has one of its eventual eight overhead gantries.

Another reporter said, “The Tappan Zee Constructors, the group of contractors tasked with designing and building the bridge, also need to stripe the driving surface.”

The consortium is Tappan Zee Constructors not the Tappan Zee Constructors. Further, Tappan Zee Constructors needs not need to stripe the driving surface. No editing prior to publication?

First photo courtesy of New York State Thruway Authority.

I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2017

A Bridge by Any Other (including a new) Name

So the new bridge will have a new name or a partially-new name: the Governor Mario Cuomo Tappan Zee Bridge? No one is renaming Westchester or Rockland counties or the Hudson River. We (the United States) are late to the cable-stayed bridge party, which began long ago (decades, to be exact) in Europe.

Can you imagine folks 60-some years ago scratching their heads as four towers began rising from the river? Would it have been possible to even build those towers? As the first floating concrete batch plant arrived on the scene (no pun intended) in 1956 and was patented in 1966 (U.S. patent #3,251,484), imagine the caravan of supply trucks heading to the water.

Trucking through a snowstorm on the Tappan Zee Bridge (not the same day) /© Wn.com

The new bridge is nothing like the one that withstood 61 and one-half years of vehicles, trucks, vans, motorcycles, accidents, upgrades, repairs, attention, suicides, the elements and criticism.

Yet it also got a new name somewhere along the line as early on it was known as the Tappan Zee Hudson River Crossing Project. Say that three times fast.

People don’t like change, do they?” the technician who wheeled my dad into the room for a CAT scan asked. “At least, they don’t at first, and then, all of a sudden, they come around, and realize change is good.” He looked up at the TV on the wall, and then looked at me. I nodded.

His words stayed with me. I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2017

Close-up of new Lights; Name the Falcon Chicks

This is what the poles we try to see from the driver’s seat look like. Photo above is courtesy of New York State Thruway Authority; the one below is part of a blog post from five months earlier, when we caught a glimpse of the first LED roadway lighting stanchions (columns).

Also: two falcon chicks are out and about; the deadline for naming them is this Friday. Check out the bridge update by your intrepid reporter in this week’s Rockland County Times: first page of section two above the crease.

I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2017

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